The Primrose Piano Quartet
Formed in 2004, the Primrose Piano Quartet has established a reputation for superb performances and award winning recordings. Alongside much loved repertoire of Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Faure and more, The Primrose have received acclaim for reviving unjustly neglected works by early 20th century British composers such as Dunhill, Quilter, Bax and Frank Bridge. They have commissioned leading composers of our time, including the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies whose piano quartet was written for them in 2008.
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“The playing is selflessly beautiful… everything seems to be just right.” The Strad
In the press
…beautifully performed. Andrew Fuller’s richly expressive and idiomatic cello solo elicited playing of extraordinary tenderness from the rest of the ensemble, with Susanne Stanzeleit’s delicate phrasing particularly enchanting.
beautifully performedMusic Web International
The Primrose enjoys an enviable reputation, not just as a standard bearer for the mainstream repertoire for piano quartet, but also for a string of recordings of lesser-known works, and a vigorous commitment to commissioning new music.
an enviable reputationSeen and Heard
The performance of Brahms’ colossal Second Piano Quartet was fantastic in every respect: they captured the spirit of each movement, but with due consideration for the overall architecture; tempo relationships were perfectly judged; their concept of sound was convincingly Brahmsian... fantastic in every respect... in short, music making at its most engaging
fantastic in every respectSeen & Heard
...goes to the top of the recommended list – not least for the intriguing and very successful decision to record these three masterpieces using three different pianos of the period. It is a life-enhancing pleasure to renew acquaintance with these imperishable masterpieces in this way, and one must give this issue the highest recommendation.
a life-enhancing pleasureMusical Opinion
Inspired music played with complete control, imagination, and deep insight, well judged balance and ensemble – a truly satisfying performance, unfolding each phrase with sonorous tone and restrained phrasing to build an enchanting castle in the air.
a truly satisfying performanceThe Times